All members receive discounts on all fees for special workshops and conferences and substantial discounts on tuition for the Professional Education Program classes. The savings of joining as a member will more than pay the cost of membership; the savings of one special workshop, one conference and four Professional Education Program courses per year, will potentially save a member more than $500 per year and, depending on level of membership, could save $1,000 or more. Membership is for one year beginning with the date of your first payment; renewals date from your original anniversary date, not from the date of any subsequent payments.
Each level of membership is entitled to name associate members; associates are entitled to membership discounts on all Election Center program offerings including the Professional Education Program, special workshops and conferences. See description of individual membership levels to determine number of free associates (if any). Additional associate members can be obtained at $75 each. Corporate associate members can be obtained at $100 each. Associate Members must be tied to a principal member.
Platinum Member: $1,500 per year
A Platinum Member can attend all Election Center workshops and conferences free of charge. This is restricted to the Primary Platinum Member. Additionally, the Platinum Member is eligible for member discounts on tuition in the Professional Education Program . Members at this level can name up to 10 associate members at no additional charge, with the only stipulation that they work directly for, and are employed by, the principal member. Other services as noted above.
Gold Member: $995 per year
Members at this level are entitled to two complimentary associate members. The Gold Member can attend one conference or workshop free of charge each year. Full Email Alerts™ service is provided. Discounts are offered for the Professional Education Program and all other Election Center services. Other services as described in ALL MEMBERS section.
Silver Member: $495 per year
Members at this level are entitled to one complimentary associate member. Full Email Alerts™ service is provided. Discounts are offered for the Professional Education Program and all other Election Center services. Other services as described in the ALL MEMBERS section.
Bronze Individual Member: $395 per year
This membership level is intended for individuals that do not qualify for membership under any of the other membership levels. These members are eligible for all membership services including a member discount at all Election Center workshops and conferences; however, this membership excludes participation in the CERA or CERV Professional Education Program.
The Bronze Individual membership does not include Associate membership.
(Exception Bronze Individual Members who are already CERA or CERV graduates or have taken at least one CERA or CERV class are “grandfathered” and may continue to take CERA or CERV classes at the discounted membership rate.)
Blue Member: $200 per year
This level is not available to state governments, state departments, or state agencies. This level is exclusively for county level members. Limited Email Alerts™ plus availability of EC Surveys™ plus discounts on all conferences, workshops, and the tuition for the Professional Education Program. Associate membership available at $75 each. Availability of other services as described in the ALL MEMBERS section.
Retired Member: $79 per year
Must have qualified for retirement and have no full-time employment. This membership level is limited to only those who are, and remain, retired. It is intended to allow those who have served the elections profession to receive member benefits and to allow member rates for attendance at Election Center events. This level is subject to verification of employment status. Exclusions apply including, but not limited to, serving as a consultant for others or for your own company, seasonal or occasional work for vendor companies, and other such employment. Membership rates subject to change without notice. The Election Center encourages standard membership for those who are still earning a living from work; abuse of the retired membership status is subject to cancellation of membership without refund and/or denial of access to Election Center events for a period of one year or longer as may be determined solely by The Election Center.
Associate Member: $75 per year
There is no single $75 membership level. Associate members can only be obtained by being tied to a principal member. Discounts provided to Associate Members as explained in the ALL MEMBERS section above.
Professional Education Program The most extensive, comprehensive, and finest continuing education program available for elections and voter registration officials. The program offers continuing education credits from Auburn University. Additionally, the program can lead to certification as a Certified Elections/Registration Administrator (CERA) upon the successful completion of the program requirements. Reduced tuition to the Professional Education Program is available to all members.
Email Alerts™ are the Election Center's specialized information services which alert members to pending legislation in Congress and then tracks the progress of that legislation; proposed regulations from departments or agencies: important news affecting elections and voter registration officials. Also included are Action Items requiring immediate attention, or nationwide surveys of administrative or legal practices on specific issues. This service is automatically part of the Silver, Gold and Platinum levels and limited service is provided at the Blue Level.
JobBank™ offers government offices the opportunity to list jobs with The Election Center for inclusion on our website amd for distribution to our members nationally. The job posting service allows members to compare jurisdictions, to see salary ranges being offered throughout the nation and provides individual professionals with an ability to utilize their skills nationally. This single service alone is helping to shape skills and pay improvements nationally. Governments offices and vendors with current memberships can list all openings free of charge.
EC Surveys™ has been expanded to offer additional survey opportunities. Election Center Surveys have long been a great source of information and answers to problems encountered by voter registration and elections officials. The Election Center surveys all states or a selected distribution of other local elections officials to determine what other officials are doing about various issues, laws or regulations related to registration and elections. Quick information exchange surveys are free to State, Silver, Gold and Platinum Members. A fee will be assessed for each survey request for Blue members and Corporate members. An additional EC Survey™ service now available is the salary survey. Due to the time consuming nature of such surveys and the specialized nature of selection of recipients, these surveys are free only to Gold and Platinum members. Other members may engage The Election Center for salary surveys at a negotiated fee.
EC Consultants™ is the newest, and potentially one of the most valuable, services ever offered to members. We offer members the opportunity to have an internal review of their operations by a consulting unit from The Election Center. The consultant(s) can be arranged to provide a total review of all office operations; a review of a specific area of operations; a technology team to study ways to update technology usage; or a peer review program to study the personal management style of operations and make recommendations. This service is a fee based service for members only is not available to nonmembers. While it is not free to any level of membership, the costs of such consulting will be from one-half to one-tenth the cost of other outside consultants. A single practitioner from another area of the country, a member of our staff, a mixture of vendors and practitioners, or a team approach can be offered depending on the level of consulting desired. Call The Center for details.
Open to vendors who offer goods or services to the election and voter registration profession.
Corporate Membership Level I: $25,000 per year includes one principal member and six free Corporate Associate members (additional Corporate Associate members can be added for $100 each); two free exhibit spaces (includes 2 free conference registrations per exhibit space) at the Election Center National Conference with 50% off any additional exhibit spaces (includes 2 free conference registrations per exhibit space); your business name in the printed program and posted recognition at the National Conference. Access to the conference attendee list prior to the conference (one excel spreadsheet with the attendee’s name, jurisdiction, e‐mail address and work telephone number two weeks prior to the event.)
Corporate Membership Level II: $10,000 per year includes one principal member and four free Corporate Associate members (additional Corporate Associate members can be added for $100 each); two free exhibit spaces (includes 2 free conference registrations per exhibit space) at the Election Center National Conference with 50% off up to two additional exhibit spaces (includes 2 free conference registrations per exhibit space); your business name in the printed program and posted recognition at the National Conference.
Corporate Membership Level III: $5,000 per year includes one principal member and two free Corporate Associate members (additional Corporate Associate members can be added for $100 each); one free exhibit space (includes 2 free conference registrations per exhibit space) at the Election Center National Conference with 50% off one additional exhibit space (includes 2 free conference registrations per exhibit space) at the National Conference.
Corporate Membership Level IV: $1,000 per year includes one principal member and one free Corporate Associate member. Additional Corporate Associate members can be added for $100 each. Corporate Level IV members also receive a 50% discount on one exhibit space (includes 2 free conference registrations per exhibit space) at the National Conference.
Bronze Level Member: $495 per year
This membership level is intended for non-profit organizations that do not qualify for membership under any of the other membership levels. These members are eligible for all membership services including a member discount at all Election Center workshops and conferences but excludes participation in the CERA or CERV Professional Education Program.
A Bronze organization membership includes one complimentary Associate membership. Any additional Associates must pay the current Associate Membership fee. If appointed, the Associate member(s) of a Bronze member is excluded from participation in the CERA or CERV Professional Education program.